Locked down in a cell, he lies down in his bed
hoping to sleep through some hours of this
  living hell
closes his eyes for a minute and thinks of
  his girl
missing her so badly
wishing he could kiss and tell her
all the things that he didn’t
cos been he’s sitting in this jail
Extract from Get Back Home by Solo  


A creative literacy program run by The Red Room Company in NSW Correctional Centres, Unlocked offers a unique opportunity to explore the social value of poetry and creative expression.

Australian poets, rappers and hip hop artists are taken into correctional centres to run intensive writing workshops, working with the students on every stage of the writing process, from the initial exercises and experimentations, through the editing and rewriting process, to recording, performing and publishing their work in a professionally designed print anthology. Piloted in Sydney in 2010, the project has now entered its fourth year. The project was developed in collaboration with Corrections NSW Audiovisual Unit and education staff,  and is supported by 2SER's Jailbreak radio show. Click here to find out what to expect from an Unlocked program. 

"As both a university educator and a poet, I can honestly say that this was the most significant teaching experience of my career"
           - Lindsay TuggleUnlocked poet

"I can honestly say that my experience working in these centres and seeing the positive impact the workshops had on inmates' personal abilities and confidence, and their relationships with one another is possibly the most rewarding opportunity I have ever had"
          - Nick Bryant-Smith (aka SOLO), Unlocked poet


For more information

Contact Dr Tamryn Bennett, Executive Director - 02 9319 5090


The Unlocked project is funded in part by Anne Kantor, we welcome new supporters of this meaningful project for more information on supporting The Red Room Company, click here. 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through VET National Programs Funding